Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Maxine Maria Stevens of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at age 95.
She was born in Chelan to Chester and Alma Tuttle. During her school years at Chelan High School she was active in entertaining through singing and playing the piano and her group traveled around the state to entertain at various functions and fairs.
She attended WSC in Pullman (now WSU) and later married Blair Stevens, a veterinary student at WSC and alumni of the Chelan class of 1933. They moved to The Dalles, Ore., and established and ran a veterinary practice until Blair was called to military duty for WW II. During the war they moved to various Army posts before returning to The Dalles after the war. They subsequently moved to Sunnyside in 1948 to partner in a veterinary practice with Dr. Michael Mulqueeney.
Maxine was active in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside. She was a founder of St. Anne's Guild. She was also a founding member of the Sunnyside Orthopedic Guild, a member of Eastern Star and the mother advisor to the Sunnyside Rainbow Girls circa 1956 to 1962. She was a member of the Lower Valley Golf and Country Club, where she was known for hitting the golf ball further than many of the male members.
She and Blair fished and were perennial visitors to Curlew Lake.
Blair and Maxine celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in November of 2011. Her primary role was wife, mother and homemaker, a part she played upon her stage with heart, soul and incredible vigor and left her inspiration to her family, friends and acquaintances.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Blair Stevens; sons, Robert (Betty Schiller) of Arlington, Richard (Beth Chambers) of Chandler, Ariz. and Dr. James (Rosalie McMinimee) of Sunnyside; grandchildren, Michael (Sally) Stevens, Cheri (Rick) Simmons, Jennifer Stevens, Julie (Todd) Tillson, Kristin (Dr. Sean) Koskinen and Aaron (Lori Miller) Stevens; great-grandchildren, Whitney (Baker) (Rob) Carpenter, Andrew Baker, Jared Tillson, Kayla Tillson, William Koskinen, John Koskinen, Catherine Koskinen, James Koskinen and Caroline Koskinen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison Avenue, Sunnyside, WA 98944.
Those wishing to sign Maxine's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.